The Misconception about Writer’s Block


“The words are there…formed from thoughts, opinions, dreams, emotions.

The fear that what will be said is not interesting or intelligent or fascinating is usually the problem.”

I came across an article recently that addressed something I’ve long thought about: Does writer’s block really exist? Like really, really, really exist?

According to a piece in The Marketing Square, the answer is a resounding NO! In fact, the author went so far as to say that writer’s block is a misnomer.

I couldn’t agree more.

As per the article, if you feel you’re suffering from writer’s block:

“The best thing to do is to put the pen down, get away from the computer.

Take a break and come back.

If it’s a good piece it will come to you.”

Margaret Atwood once opined that if she waited to write the perfect sentence every time she put pen to paper, she would never write a thing.

I think the same can be said for how we express ourselves when speaking with others. If you keep waiting for the perfect thought or idea to come to you – and then by extension the best way to verbalize it – you will remain a very quiet person. Writing is no different. Sometimes you just have to get the words out. Truthfully, they’ll probably suck the big one at first, which is why we go through revisions, edits and then proofreads.

You either live to write and write to live or you don’t. And if  you don’t, that’s fine. Don’t push what’s not there. As they say, you can’t draw blood from a…er…computer? A pen? A piece of paper? Write what comes naturally and don’t force it. As I like to tell myself when I write: Be true, be you. Everything else will fall into place in time.

I’ll end this post by quoting someone who once said, “Writer’s block is not the problem. The problem is not writing.”


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